Last week Xiaomi posted a tweet teasing a new type of Mi TV, adding fuel to rumors of an impending launch of two models — an FHD and 4K TV. But it appears that the rumors were pretty off track as the newly minted Chinese tech giant has launched a smaller, Full-HD variant of its popular Mi TV 2.
A cheaper version of the (already reasonably priced) Mi TV 2
On Tuesday, Xiaomi finally announced the 40-inch version of it Android-based Mi TV 2. This model is integrated with a Sharp SDP X-GEN LED panel which offers a full HD experience and a 5000:1 contrast ratio. Yes, it?s not the ultra-vivid 4K TV that is the standard today but you?ll still be able to see every detail of the dragons in Game of Thrones or the dirt on the face of every Marvel superhero if you watch them through this TV?s amazing screen.
Under the hood, there an MStar 6A908 SoC (system-on-chip), which is built from four Cortex-A9 CPU cores and a Mali 450 M4 graphics processor. Both are backed by 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in memory. The TV also packs Dolby MS12 virtual surround sound along with a H.265 10-bit hardware decoder, which is capable of supporting common FLV, MKV, MOV, MP4 and AVI video formats.
The obvious difference here is that this new Xiaomi TV model has a 1080p display, a step down from last year?s 4K resolution. Given that specs decrease, the new Mi TV 2 version comes at almost half the price of its bigger brother at around $322 (RMB 1,999). Of course, if your eyes are only made for higher resolutions you can always choose the original, 49-inch Mi TV 2 which costs about $670.
A smart, Android-powered TV
Being a smart TV, this Xiaomi TV model runs an Android-based MiUI OS on board which brings games and media streaming to your television screen. The platform is actually based on Android 4.4 KitKat but the company said that it is upgradeable to Android 5.0 Lollipop. That?ll be useful for playing games, watching movies and other content. If you’re worried about the amount of multimedia content available, don?t forget that the Chinese device maker already promised to invest $1 billion on online content.
As you may notice, this smaller Mi TV 2 follows the typical Xiaomi trend–offering a multitude of features with a price that?s difficult to resist. The 40-inch smart TV will be available through manufacturer?s official website on March 31st. A quick Amazon search tells us that this model?s $322 price (or even the original Mi TV 2?s $670 price) is truly hard to beat. A number of popular TV makers sell their own TV models with similar specs at a price that can easily go north of $990. For instance, Sony?s XBR49X850B 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV asks you shell out $1,398 while Samsung?s UN50HU6950 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV will set you back $997.
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